Avg seeds/pkt 100
Dakota black popcorn, a recently developed open-pollinated variety, is easy to grow and early to produce. It pops crunchy and bright with small dark hulls that are quite tender.
Corn needs fertile and warm soil—about 70°F. Sow 1 seed every 8 inches, 1 inch deep, in a block of at least 4 rows with 16 inches between rows for germination in 5–10 days. When plants are knee-high, side dress with a natural, granular fertilizer or compost. As ears start to grow, wind helps grains of pollen reach newly exposed silks. In a small plot, pollen may blow past the silks and as a result, cobs will not fill with kernels. You can help. Hand pollinate by dusting new silks with tassels full of pollen every couple of days for 2 weeks.
Harvest when the ears are dry and tan, in about 95 days. Pull back the husks and continue to dry these beauties indoors. Corn is ready to pop when kernels are hard and glassy and can be shattered by a hammer. Remove them from the cob by rubbing two ears together.
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